Wakatere Boating Club has been operating on Narrow Neck Beach for over 90 years serving its local Devonport Peninsula community with a vibrant sporting club encouraging sailors of all ages to compete and enjoy the sport of sailing and provide a community facility available to many Aucklanders for functions and events.
It's facilities and club house have evolved over the years to accommodate the ever changing needs of it's members and the community. It is now time for the next evolution of what Wakatere BC is able to provide.
Why it's Needed
Wakatere has been fortunate to benefit from the growth in sailing over recent years - from exposure of Olympic and America's Cup success, proximity to the Hauraki Gulf and our well managed Junior coaching programmes. It's expanding ranks of Junior, Youth and Senior competitors has grown consistently to a base of over 400 members. Most of these sailors are families from within the local Devonport community and are all seeking an active lifestyle through the sport of sailing.
Our location between the road and beach is constraining our growth and the ability to store sailing dinghies of all types at the club. With an increasing number of members and sailing classes, Wakatere needs to find a way to accommodate more sailors and more boats.
Wakatere began discussions with valued former club member, and renowned local architect Ken Davis, on solutions of how we could sympathetically add additional storage space without impacting the club's ability to operate. We need to improve the outdoor spaces around the club and add some much needed shade and shelter. Ken quickly identified the small amount of vacant and buildable land on the Northern side of the clubhouse that would meet these objectives and the initiative was approved by land owners Auckland Council and the Wakatere Committee and its members.
Our building plan is called the Junior Sailor's Locker and Deck Extension.
Once completed the new storage facility will provide storage for over 30 additional junior sailing dinghies of all types, which in turn frees further space in existing lockers for other sailing classes.The new deck also provides an invaluable space of shaded decking that the local community and Wakatere members can enjoy in a safe, family friendly environment.
We Need Your Help
Wakatere is seeking your help in funding this new building project.
We began in August 2017 with an America's Cup luncheon fundraiser.
From May - June 2018 we held a LUXURY TRAVEL RAFFLE. All our members & families were encouraged to get behind it by buying and onselling raffle tickets. The raffle was drawn at Club Prizegiving Friday 22nd June 2018.
We are now on our way to seeing this building project happen with more fundraising iniatives just around the corner.
We are still on the lookout for larger contributions from people in the wider Devonport and Wakatere community who recognise the value in what we offer. As a family focused dinghy sailing club, with normal operational costs funded by membership and locker fees, we need your support for the bigger things.
- Financial contributions, however small or large
- Practical contributions such as earthmoving, concreting, plumbing, electrical or landscaping supplies or services
Your support will make a huge difference.
Simon Probert Commodore, Wakatere BC
Ed Crook Vice Commodore, Wakatere BC
Last updated 06:38 on 5 July 2018